Even though they’re supposed to denote wisdom, it might be a smarter move for your oral health to remove your wisdom teeth, especially if they’re impacted. At Mosaic Dental in Sterling, Virginia, Anuradha Beri, BDS, CAGS, MSD, Zia Rizvi, DDS, and the team of dental professionals offer state-of-the-art wisdom teeth extraction so that your mouth stays happy and your smile stays beautiful. Schedule a wisdom teeth extraction consultation today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.
Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars and they’re usually the last teeth to emerge in your smile.
They come in much later than the rest of your teeth, typically between the ages of 17 and 25. They get their name from the idea that you’re supposed to have achieved wisdom by the time they come in.
Wisdom teeth were vital for our early human ancestors, who needed the extra chewing space to properly grind up their food. They’re not necessary for modern humans, however, since we have utensils and cooking technology to make our food more easily digestible.
As our wisdom teeth became less useful, the size of our jaws also diminished, leaving many people without enough room for the extra teeth. This leaves most wisdom teeth to cause problems when they do emerge or to become impacted (stuck under the gums).
Some of the oral health concerns associated with wisdom teeth include:
Impacted wisdom teeth frequently damage the teeth right next to them (your second molars), which can lead to bone loss, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.
Because your jaw might not have the room to accommodate more teeth, wisdom teeth can lead to undue pressure on the rest of your smile, which can ultimately cause misalignment issues.
Partially impacted wisdom teeth are much more prone to catching food and bacteria and keeping it trapped in your gum tissue, which can subsequently become infected.
If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth, the first step is to schedule a consultation with the team at Mosaic Dental. They examine your smile to assess whether your wisdom teeth pose enough of a threat to your oral health to justify their removal. Some people can keep their wisdom teeth without any adverse effects, though this isn’t very common.
If the team decides that you should have your wisdom teeth extracted, they can remove them with a relatively simple outpatient procedure. You recover from your wisdom tooth extraction within a week, during which time you should avoid any sucking pressure in your mouth.
Begin your wisdom teeth extraction with Mosaic Dental today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.